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Sugar, corn industries settle sweetener spat; terms secret

Sugar, corn industries settle sweetener spat; terms secret

The sugar and corn industries ended their billion-dollar bitter battle over sweeteners Friday in a secret out-of-court settlement.

Both sides announced the deal that puts an end to a trial that began nearly three weeks ago in Los Angeles federal court pitting sugar against high fructose corn syrup.

The arch-rivals sugar-coated their acrimony in a settlement statement that announced their commitments to “practices that encourage safe and healthful use of their products, including moderation in the consumption of table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners.”

Sugar processors were seeking $1.5 billion in a false-advertising claim against corn...

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